Unauthorised drivers will now have a tougher time on local roads, with a new Central Goldfields Highway patrol car kitted out with the latest in automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology.
Rolling into active service earlier this month, the brand new car and its state-of-the-art technology enables police to detect drivers who are suspended, disqualified or unlicensed in unregistered and stolen vehicles or with stolen number plates.
Just one of more than 220 ANPR vehicles to be deployed by early 2021, Central Goldfields Highway Patrol Sergeant Noel Jacobs said the technology will be a “massive” boost to Highway Patrol capabilites.
“Pretty much you start the car up, drive down the road and it’ll be checking every car as we drive past. Anybody that’s unlicensed, unregistered, wanted on a warrant — it’ll pick them up,” he said.
“The ANPR has the capability to scan around 5000 number plates in a 10 hour shift. Entering number plates manually, you could probably do anywhere from 40 to 150 in a big shift, so it’s massive numbers.
“Detection wise, this is going to be a great tool.”
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